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Dreams - What They Are and Their Function
Dreams are a succession of images, actions and sensations that occur involuntarily in the mind primarily during the REM stage of sleep. Dreams are unbiased, spontaneous products of the unconscious, outside the control of conscious will. The act of dreaming is physical but the contents of dreams is psychological. They are NATURAL expressions of the dreamer's emotional/personal life illustrating experiences that possess strong emotional energies. Although there are literal applications in dreams the primarily language is symbolic, metaphorical of the dreamer's emotional energies.
  • 1. Dreams are about the emotions, emotional energies of the person who is dreaming. They offer advice and a deeper understanding of our waking life as well as the foundations for the emotional energies of the dreamer.

  • 2. The language of dreams is symbolic, but also with literal applications {literal waking experinces}. The symbolic images and actions are metaphors for the patterns or motifs for the dreamer's emotional/psychological/physical life. Every character in a dream is a different aspect of an unacknowledged aspect of the dreamer and/or a prevalent situation in the person's life involving actual persons/experiences {dreams will address both aspects}.

  • 3. The purpose and function of dreams is to guide the conscious self to achieve wholeness and offer a solution to the problems in waking life. Solutions to problems and conflicts from everyday life, as well as the deeper underlying issues, 'emotional injuries' that stem from the foundations of the dreamer {early life experiences and trama experiences in life}.
    ---Dreams attempt to reveal the authentic emotions and feelings that are often concealed from the conscious mind.
    ---Dreams compensate for conscious attitudes and personality traits that are out of balance.

  • 4. Dreams are intentional. Nature provides us with dreams to understand and help heal emotional conflicts/issues. Just as the body has the immune system to heal and protect, the psych{ology} has the dream.

  • 5. Dreams possess 'Archteypal' representations. Archetypes are universal, original patterns and images that derive from the collective unconscious and are the psychic counterpart of instinct. An archetype is an inherited tendency of the human mind to form representations of mythological motifs-representations of the symbolic images/actions without losing their basic emotional pattern. Dreams and mythology share the same archetypal images, myths as illustrations of the universal patterns and dreams as illustrations of personal patterns.

  • 6. All dreams have at least two meanings or applications. One is the symbolic representation, metaphorical of the emotional energies, and the second being a literal application where a person, place or experience is addressing a real life experience. More about this in the Basics of Dream Analysis section at Power of Dreams

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    Re: Gay wedding and my personal separation

    I'll look at your dream on Sunday {Florida USA time}. Although I am retired I have a full day working for family business today, my only day to work.


    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 70 Altoona, Fl

    Re: Gay wedding and my personal separation

    My sense of the dream is you are having issues of feeling unwanted and possible abandonment partly because of your separation from your husband but with deeper implications as well. The dream is also be addressing foundations to underlying energies for these feelings of being unwanted/abandoned and a possible reason for any deep depression you are experiencing {is depression a recurring experience?}. The foundations would go to childhood and/or past relationships, in childhood the relationship with your father {or other authoritative male figures in your life when a child} being the primary substructure for unconscious energies. Were there issues of feeling unwanted as a child with your father? Are there past experiences where relationships ended and you had feelings of being unwanted? These early life/past experiences lay the ground for your attitudes later in life and can be responsible for deep depression especially if they were from childhood. Your statement in the dream post, "It was bringing up a lot of feelings" points to underlying emotions and point to the above analysis.

    As for the images in the dream. Your gay friend would be symbolic but likely have real life associations to that person {qualities about her you identify with/like or dislike}. Gay, wedding and marriage are symbolic images for a union of opposites {two conditions which are opposite to each other}. Another would be the father relationship which causes conflict in your unconscious. The second is your current situation with the separation of your husband. These experiences are in opposite for the inherent need for feeling wanted. Feelings of being unwanted as a child are embedded in your unconscious and these emotions would come to the forefront with your current situation. Feelings of being unwanted/abandoned will always be an issue as long as the father relationship and/or past relationships remain unresolved. Dreams are nature's tool to help resolve such issues by providing the underlying reasons when you dream.

    The bridesmaid image could be expressing your desire to be in a committed, loving relationship. The dream statement about being the bridesmaid when your friend got married for the first time would point to the first experience on your emotional need to feel wanted. It is not a literal depiction of the real marriage, it is symbolic and the dream states this with the "the wedding was very different to her actual real life wedding".

    A speech is an expression of your inner most feelings and emotions. Tables represents social unity and family connections as well as issues of insecurity, issues you need to put on the table so to expose the unconscious energies. Being drunk represents not being in total control {as with depression and reasons for it}. Bonnets represent sheltered emotions and the bread emotional nourishment. The one loaf that was dropped on the ground is the 'grounding or foundations' for your emotions and a clean loaf points to the need for new approach/opportunity to receiving emotional nourishment {why it was important to you}.

    Let me know your thoughts to my analysis. Additional info could provide more insights to the dream message.


    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 70 Altoona, Fl

    Re: Gay wedding and my personal separation


    Thank you for such a thorough reply! I found it very interesting reading your interpretation.

    In regards to past experiences/relationships I am an only child, very close with both my parents in particular my father. They were/are very attentive parents. My parents are still together and I can't think of any past relationships in which I have felt abandoned or unwanted. I'd say I'm currently pretty happy, I haven't experienced any deep depression aside from when I separated from my husband over a year ago now.

    The desire to be in a committed loving relationship resonates as there is a potential partner I've been talking to for the past six months now whom I am really enjoying talking to. He makes me feel wanted in a sense however we haven't officiated the relationship.

    I really enjoyed your analysis of the bread, bonnets and speech. Logically that makes a lot of sense. I've been reading a lot on meditation and Buddhism lately so I wonder if my subconscious is becoming more active.

    Thanks again,


    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 26, F, Australia

    Re: Gay wedding and my personal separation

    I apologize for not getting back to you sooner and I do appreciate your response. I have a lot of responsibilities being the caretaker of 16 cats I have rescued over the past 7 years. It is a constant chore and often leaves me with little time for working with dreams as I would like. When I was analyzing your dream I had to do so while giving time with several of the cats who were begging for my attention {like spoiled kids who think I am their personal assistant}. That sometimes diverts my attention from my interpreting a dream and if not fully able to concentrate I may miss the meaning of the symbols. Apparently that was the case in the unwanted associations with your father. I will go back and see what I can get from a second analysis. It will likely be this Sunday but I do want to see what I missed.


    Age & Gender & Location {Required}: 70 Altoona, Fl

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